Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Horse Brass Pub

Horse Brass is an English pub located near SE 45th and Belmont in Portland, Oregon.

Not sure how it took me this long to go here, but the panda got it done. It looks and feels like an English pub from the moment you step inside.

Full bar is available, but considering that every day is beer thirty, their beer lineup is an impressive one. Lots of IPAs, and they are one of the few spots in Portland to obtain a keg of Pliny the Younger every February. There's an entire menu devoted to the beer selection. My kind of place.

Horse Brass does 20 oz Imperial pints instead of the regular 16 oz pints. Very reasonable prices, in my opinion.

With Russian River's Bling Pig IPA ($8.75 for 20 oz) on the menu, I couldn't pass that up. I forgot to take a pic of the beer because I enjoyed it so much. Oops.

Table condiments include HP sauce (similar to A1 steak sauce), ketchup, and malt vinegar.

The Fish and Chips is one of Horse Brass' signature dishes. Three pieces of beer-battered halibut with fries, cole slaw, and a lemon wedge. There is also a two-piece fish option for slightly cheaper.

Proper fish here, very light batter with slight crunch. Moist and flaky fish on the inside. The fries are wonderfully seasoned, although the fryer makes them darker golden with not much crispness on the outside.

Huge props on the cole slaw, which appeared to have a horseradish-like flavor or element to it (but whatever that horseradish flavor is, it won't go up your nose). Not mayonnaise-y. It is a slaw that I could eat a big bowl of.

After a brief conversation with one of the servers, the Scotch Egg is another must-get menu item. If you've never had it, it's a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat, then a layer of bread crumbs. The glorious snack is then deep fried. It's an art to make sure the sausage is cooked all the way through, without undercooking or overcooking the egg.

Again, I have no clue how I haven't been to Horse Brass 20+ times by now. It's a kickass spot, even more so if you enjoy alcohol thirty with English pub fare. 9/10

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